St. Paul's Lutheran Church
For the past two months I have written about the uncertainty connected with our hopes in this world. The hope we receive because of Jesus’ resurrection and ascension is a very different hope – the sure and certain hope of the 2 nd Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the resurrection to eternal life through Him.
But what do we say about Pentecost? How does our Christian “hope” connect with that event? From the verses of Acts 2:1-21 we see the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the believers, just as Jesus had promised! We see the Holy Spirit empowering the believers to speak in languages they had never learned, in order to proclaim the Good News of Jesus as Messiah and Savior. We know the outcome of that day – 3000 new believers added to the followers of Jesus. That Spirit-empowered Good News has continued to spread for nearly 2000 years, leading you and me to be brought into the body of Christ that is His Church.
Pentecost Hope knows that Jesus, who loved us so much that He lived and died for us, is now on the throne of heaven, ruling over all things for our good. Pentecost Hope knows that Jesus sent the promised Holy Spirit to bring us into the faith and keep us in the living faith day by day through God’s Holy Word and Sacraments. And this same Holy Spirit now works through each of us to spread this same Word of Faith to the people around us, so they too may become brothers and sisters in Christ.
This is our Pentecost Hope!